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Case Study: Modern Times Beer
March 23, 2019
In just a few short years, Jacob McKean has grown his brewery, Modern Times Beer, from a small operation into a regional beer powerhouse. With beers that pay homage to utopian experiences, it's about bringing more than just beer to the customer experience.
San Diego Brewery Guide
March 23, 2019
By Bruce Glassman ← Return to search Modern Times Beer Click a star to submit your rating. When Modern Times opened its doors in July 2013-in a factory-centric area of Point Loma-it expanded the reach of craft breweries into this part of town.
SFBW 19 - Modern Times Beer + Pure Project Brewing Tap Takeover
March 23, 2019
San Diego's Modern Times Beer + Pure Project Brewing Tap Takeover
Modern Times Releasing Beastmaster Imperial Stout Next Month
March 23, 2019
There were no ferrets harmed in the brewing of Modern Times Beer's newest release. Next month, the San Diego-based brewery will be releasing Beastmaster, a 13 percent ABV "dessert stout" conditioned on "generous quantities" of both coffee beans and coconut.
Modern Times Beer | Company Week
March 21, 2019
COO Chris Sarette is helping to guide the craft brewery to dynamic growth with a focus on multiple taprooms and regional wholesale.
Hops on the Harbor with Modern Times Beer
February 24, 2019
Gather your mates and come cruise with San Diego's best local breweries for a beer lovers event of a lifetime. Every Friday night, we host our Hops on the Harbor craft beer dinner cruise, featuring a different San Diego brewery each month.
Brewer Magazine Q&A: Tim Kamolz, Modern Times Beer
February 9, 2019
This is a part of a continuing series of Q&As with members of the brewing community from across the U.S. Brewer Magazine will share business and personal insights from Brewmasters, Head Brewers, Brewing Managers, Sales Directors, QCQA Managers and others each weekend to help you get to know each other better in the industry and learn more to better develop your own brand.
Modern Times Beer | Hyper Halo Berliner Weisse
February 7, 2019
No matter where you live in the nation, you're always itching to get your hands on the exclusive beers you can't get through your local distribution. We've all seen the "ISO," "Looking Out For" or "Will Trade For" posts on craft beer Facebook groups, but some choose to use some other less conventional ways to get their hands on new beers.
Modern Times PDX Breaks Ground on Belmont Fermentorium Expansion - New School Beer
January 22, 2019
Modern Times Beer opened its PDX location, The Belmont Fermentorium, one year ago and celebrates that anniversary next weekend. At the same time the brewery has broken ground on a long-planned expansion. When San Diego-based Modern Times Beer took the lease over in the former The Commons Brewery space on SE Belmont, the company also purchased ...
Eater San Diego: Modern Times Beer and Buona Forchetta Open in North County
October 26, 2018
Eater San Diego shares the top stories of the week from San Diego's food and drink scene, including a look at the new locations of a popular local brewery and Italian eatery. Inside Little Italy's Handsome New Restaurant and Bar The just-opened Nolita Hall is India Street's newest hangout, with a shuffleboard court, communal tables, and an expansive bar.
Modern Times Beer Continues Its West Coast Expansion
October 24, 2018
The employee owned Modern Times Beer has been on an expansion tear lately. Headquartered in San Diego the brewing company is opening new hubs all over the West Coast. Here's the deal.... Belmont Fermentorium In January Modern Times Beer bravely took their brand to Beervana and opened a Portland, Oregon outpost under the Belmont Fermentorium banner.
San Diego's Modern Times Beer Expanding To The Bay Area
October 22, 2018
Opening in downtown Oakland.
Anaheim, the home of family friendly Disneyland, now wants to draw adults to its new breweries
October 19, 2018
Anaheim officials have rolled out the barrel for beer producers by making Anaheim one of the easiest places in the region to open a craft brewery. The latest is Leisuretown, which will include food stalls and a swimming pool with floaty toys.
Modern Times Leisuretown to Open in Anaheim, Joins 21 Active or In-Planning Breweries in the City
July 24, 2018
In a release from Shaheen Sadeghi's LAB Holding (LAB stands for "Little American Business"), Modern Times Beer is partnering with the company to open Leisuretown -- a mixed-use brewery/entertainment complex with coffee roaster, vegan Mexican restaurant, gardens and a swimming pool.
Modern Times Beer Announces Santa Barbara Destination * thefullpint.com
April 5, 2018
(San Diego, CA) - Santa Barbara has long been one of our favorite leisure destinations, sporting breathtaking scenery, a super rad downtown area, and an extremely solid contingent of Modern Times homies and League members. That's why we're decidedly thrilled to announce the addition of our very own restaurant and tap room to this jewel of the California coast.
The Session: Modern Times Beer | The Brewing Network
February 13, 2018
This week on The Session we welcome Modern Times Beer to the studio! We are joined by Barrel Program Specialist Alex Williams and Head of Special Projects, Andrew Schwartz, to talk to us about their employee owned brewery and craft beer.
Modern Times Brewing's Belmont Fermentorium Has Tropical-Tasting Beers, Yarn Art, and a Huge Randy "Macho Man" Savage Piñata
February 5, 2018
San Diego brewery Modern Times opened its Portland outpost last week at Southeast 7th and Belmont, taking over the former space of the Commons Brewery. While the sudden departure of the Commons has been justly mourned in the Portland beer community, visiting team Modern Times did not come to play, and their tasting room-dubbed the Belmont Fermentorium, although please smack anybody if you hear them call it that out loud-is already firing on all cylinders....
Best of San Diego Beer 2017
February 5, 2018
We ran an online poll for about two months on our website. After crunching the numbers, we did our best to determine why we thought you, our readers, voted the way you did. Below are our suppositions and a snapshot of the year in beer 2017. &n ...
Modern Times Beer to open restaurant instead of tasting room
January 19, 2018
A famed regional brewery will open a restaurant in downtown Encinitas instead of a tasting room as it originally planned. The new proposal by Modern Times Beer won unanimous city Planning Commission approval Thursday night. "I think we're adding a great new business to town," Commissioner Greg Drakos said just before the vote.
Modern Times Beer Replaces The Commons Brewery
September 1, 2017
San Diego-based Modern Times Beer will open its second brewery at 630 SE Belmont St., currently home to The Commons Brewery. The Commons Brewery has not been sold, but its future is unclear. It will remain in operation for most of 2017, before vacating the space, and Modern Times aims to start pouring in its place with a remodeled tasting room on January 1, 2018.
Modern Times to Take Over Commons Brewery Location as Portland Brewery Founder Contemplates Future
September 1, 2017
San Diego's Modern Times Beer Company is heading north to Beervana. The southern California craft brewery today announced plans to takeover what will soon be the former Commons Brewery location in the Buckman neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.
Modern Times Becomes an Employee-Owned Brewery | CraftBeer.com
July 7, 2017
In a move that Modern Times Beer founder Jacob McKean calls "the coolest thing I've ever announced," Modern Times is now an employee-owned brewery. The brewery explains in a news release it repurchased shares from outside investors. Now, 30 percent of the company is being held in an employee stock ownership program.
Modern Times Beer sells - but not to Big Beer
July 7, 2017
Modern Times Beer of San Diego looks like a brewery built to sell. In the four years since the brewery first opened in 2013, it has flooded its six-state distribution radius on the West Coast with exquisitely labeled 16-ounce cans, expanded to two brewing facilities, planned two other breweries in Los Angeles and Anaheim (as well as a taproom in Encinitas), roasted its own coffee and put 118 employees to work.
How Modern Times Conquered San Diego's Hyper-Competitive Beer Scene
March 9, 2016
You've only been around for a little more than two years, and you've already carved out a stronghold in the incredibly competitive San Diego beer scene. Why do you think that is? By far the most important factor is making kick-ass, innovative beer.
Tour Our 2016 Beer Bar of the Year: Modern Times Beer - Imbibe Magazine
January 28, 2016
Your first tip that San Diego's Modern Times might be a most atypical brewery is the mural of Michael Jackson and his pet chimp, Bubbles, crafted from nearly 11,000 Post-It notes. Then there's the 3,000-odd books used to build the bar, where 16 taps pour everything from grape must-infused saisons to dank IPAs and cold-pressed coffee made from beans roasted on site.
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